Automation Engineering Intern

US-Emeryville, CA /
Research and Development – Automation /
/ On-site
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Amyris, a leader in industrial synthetic biology, uses its innovative bioscience solutions to achieve renewable products by converting plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris’ molecules are used in wide range of specialty & performance chemicals, flavors & fragrances and in applications ranging from cosmetics to biofuels. Learn more at
We are seeking an Automation Engineering Intern with a background in computer science, mechanical, and/or electrical engineering. The focus of this role will work with the automation team to maintain our internal codebase of lab instrument controls.  Activities encompass development for hardware & robotic controls encompassing aspects of building out libraries, architectural design & approach, and documentation. This position is fully on-site in Emeryville, CA, where you will be working in the lab directly on the instruments & systems. You'll work closely with scientists & the Automation Group to optimize for our instruments & platforms. The successful candidate will contribute toward process improvement in a fast paced, team-oriented research operations setting.

                • Follow and implement modern development practices. Eg. CI/CD, package management, etc.
                • Write thorough & proper documentation and commenting for all development work.
                • You will get to test the code directly on various lab instruments and see how your code comes to life!
                • Learn about lab processes and how different instruments integrate into the lab workflow.
                • Implement testing procedures to validate code.
                • Work collaboratively with automation engineers, software engineers and scientists.
                • Maintain safe practices and work environment.

Basic Qualifications:

    • Working towards a degree in computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field.
    •  You will be working mainly on C# , using .net core and wpf technologies but experience with any language is considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with hardware or robotics is a plus.
    • The Summer Intern Program has flexible start dates between May and June and we ideally like for our interns to work 10-12 weeks.
Amyris is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. 
The hourly pay range for this role is $23 to $36. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis, and will vary based on the candidate’s skills, depth of experience and specific work location.  
Amyris is committed to providing a diverse array of inclusive benefits and perks to support employees and their families’ wellbeing including access to robust healthcare, mental wellness benefits, 10 paid sick days and holiday pay based on hours scheduled.


We hold deep regard in the power of representation and cultivation of a diverse work environment. Join us at Amyris, where you can find a sense of belonging and know that your voice is centered.

At Amyris, we believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is essential to our core values. We embrace and encourage an equity-minded work culture, knowing that it is the driving force of innovation that positively impacts our employees, consumers, and communities. And for Amyris, a sense of belonging is what drives our mission forward and is the foundation of everything we do, ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for us all. Make Good, No Compromise.
Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) is a leading synthetic biotechnology company, transitioning the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets to sustainable ingredients through fermentation and the company's proprietary Lab-to-Market™ technology platform. This Amyris platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling the company to rapidly bring new innovation to market at commercial scale. Amyris ingredients are included in over 20,000 products from the world's top brands, reaching more than 300 million consumers. Amyris also owns and operates a family of consumer brands that is constantly evolving to meet the growing demand for sustainable, effective and accessible products. For more information, please visit
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